A YEAR IN THE NOW

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October 9: WILDERNESS ADVENTURE!

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“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the WILDERNESS . . .” (Matthew 3:1)

“While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: ‘Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.’ John and his message were authorized by Isaiah’s prophecy: Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight!” (Matthew 3:1-3 – The Message)

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the WILDERNESS . . . From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:1, 17)

 

1.  Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am not afraid of the wilderness experience, for the preaching of the Kingdom always begins in the wilderness . . . away from the organized paths and paved roads . . . away from the structure of the world system . . . in a place where I must walk by the faith that relies entirely on God’s ability to make ways in the wilderness, and streams in the desert  (Isaiah 43:19).

2.  Today I will repent of long-held paradigms of my personal wilderness, rethinking my present position as Jacob did when he had the vision of heaven’s gate (“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.’ And he was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God . . . the gate of heaven!'” – Genesis 28:16, 17). Awaking from my sleep today, I will see my salvation, right where I am in the now, embracing my own wilderness, and saying, “How awesome is THIS place!”

3. Today I will recognize the power and potential that is present in what I have in my hand, for that is where the Kingdom is. The Kingdom is not just at hand, it is at MY hand – it is “handy” — so I will do what I know to do today with excellence and with all of my might  (Ecclesiastes 9:10)!

4.  Today I will find a river of life in the wilderness as John the Baptist did, and I will follow his example and get busy with the work of the Kingdom . . . where I am . . . with what I have to work with . . . just as I am.

5. Today I will preach (prophetically) that the Kingdom is here (Matthew 4:17).

6. Today I will say (conversationally) that the Kingdom is here (Matthew 4:17).

7.  Today I will be happy in the wilderness, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to discern why I am in the wilderness today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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October 9, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Blogs by Jim Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Jim Earl Swilley, Kingdom of God, Moving forward, No Fear, No Limits!, Paradigm Shift, perception | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

May 17: TIME TRAVEL!

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“. . . there is a time appointed for every matter and purpose and every work.” (Ecclesiastes 3:17 – AMP)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the power of memory and vision are enabling me to put the now into perspective. With the eye of truth I am able to see into the distant past, and solve the mysteries of my life — and with the eye of faith I am able to see into the distant future, and declare the end from the beginning.

2. Today I will travel back in my memory to get in touch with my childhood, knowing that Jesus made childlike-ness a requirement for entrance into the Kingdom. The imagination, innocence, playfulness, and sense of wonder of my youth still remain buried in my sub-conscious (spirit), and the Keys of the Kingdom are unlocking the prophetic imagery that is produced by the positive parts of my past. I will also know when it is time to put away childish things.

3. Today I will listen to the messages that my dreams and night-visions are conveying to me. Instead of being haunted by horrible images from yesterday, I will recognize that my soul is bringing these things to the surface in an effort to help and heal itself for a better tomorrow.

4. Today I will know the difference between what needs to be resurrected and what needs to stay buried. My sense of timing and propriety, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, will help me to know what to do and say, and what not to do and say.

5. Today I will see my life as a whole entity, and will accept it for what it is. I will not complain, nor slow my progress through the pointlessness of regret, “But by the grace of God I am what I am . . . ” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

6. Today I will keep talking myself into my future, propelling my faith to maintain the motivation for mental mobility in a mature manner. I can’t afford to get my life stuck in a time warp now, because I know too much and there is too much for me to do. The future is calling me, so I must move forward!

7. Today I will believe that I am not getting older, but that I am getting better as I grow in God and learn my life-lessons. I will embrace the sage-like wisdom and oak-like strength that comes from having lived a full life. Today I will travel the road of life successfully, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
Father, help me to appropriately navigate my past and my future today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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